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Das Lied von der Erdrea

Dragon Quest XI – SPOILERS for the Nintendo Switch version – I’ve finally finished this, or at least defeated Calasmos; I know there’s technically more to do in the post-game. When I first discussed this game, I talked about some … Continue reading

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Elemental Boogaloo

Frozen 2 – We watched this one last night, and it was a bit of a palate cleanser after hearing about fascists storming the Capitol all day. I’ve said before that I thought the original Frozen was a solid film, … Continue reading

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Life with the Luminary

I’ve finally started playing Dragon Quest XI for the Nintendo Switch. Since it’s Dragon Quest, there’s a lot that’s familiar, but there are also some changes to the mechanics that I think might make things a little easier. Battles are … Continue reading

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If Wishes Were Streetcars

The Wish Express, by Ruth Plumly Thompson – This could essentially be considered the author’s first book, although it wasn’t published in that form during her lifetime. Before she took over the Oz series from L. Frank Baum, she serialized … Continue reading

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Boil, Fry, and Rostam

Having read this post on Tor the other day, I was inspired to look up more information on the legendary Persian hero Rostam, sometimes spelled Rustam. By searching on Google, I discovered that Rostam is also the name of a … Continue reading

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Too Pooped to Koop

Mamma mia! It’s a Super Mario Bros. cartoon! Several of them, in fact. The Mark of Zero – Our first parody for the week is of Zorro. I can’t say I know that much about the character, but I did … Continue reading

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You Aren’t Going Nowhere, Fungus

Continued from this post, here are four more Super Mario Bros. Super Show episode reviews: Rolling Down the River – While not exactly the line from “Proud Mary,” they did originally play that song in this episode, earlier in the … Continue reading

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Companimals

Animal companions are a recurring theme in the Oz books, starting with Dorothy’s dog Toto. Kids reading the books were likely used to pets, so it makes sense. Since animals talk in Oz, however, some animal characters are more equal … Continue reading

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No Talking, Just Animals

At the most recent OzCon International, I was on a panel about animals in Oz, discussing, among other things, whether they have the same rights as humans. It went off track a few times, but some interesting topics came up. … Continue reading

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Who Has Seen the Wind?

In classical mythology, most natural phenomena were either personified themselves or seen as the tools of a deity, if not both. The winds were no exception, and in Greco-Roman mythology, there were four of them. I’m no meteorologist, but can’t … Continue reading

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